Area PC teams prepare for playoffs

By Tyler Ohmann

Sports Editor

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As the Prairie Conference season came closer to a close, Upsala staved off the basement by beating St. John’s Prep

(22617sportsSwanBartkowitz)   Staff photo by Tyler Ohmann Swanville sophomore Sierra Bartkowitz lays in two points in a 50-35 loss to East Central, Feb. 17.
(22617sportsSwanBartkowitz) Staff photo by Tyler Ohmann
Swanville sophomore Sierra Bartkowitz lays in two points in a 50-35 loss to East Central, Feb. 17.

(SJP), Feb. 17.

The Cardinals topped the SJP, 57-46.

Senior Katlin Welinski led the Cardinals with 15 points. Freshman Amber Biniek added nine points.

Saturday, Feb., 18, Upsala downed section opponent, East Central, 46-39.

Welinski again led Upsala with 16 points. Freshman Laura Lange had seven points.

However, the Cardinals did fall 46-57 to Verndale, Tuesday.

Royalton still sits in second place in the conference, despite a 50-31 loss to Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, Feb. 17.

The Royals shot only 27 percent against the Thunder, and were led by Emily Malikowski’s eight points.

However, the Royals appeared to get back on track with a 56-42 win over Isle, Tuesday.

Freshman Cierra Gottwalt had a career-best 16 points. Sophomore Jenna Carlson added 10 points and six rebounds in the win.

Royalton led 29-16 by halftime.

“We came out with more energy on defense than we did at LPGE on Friday, and it really showed,” said Royals head coach Ron Makela.

Lastly, Swanville fell 50-35 to East Central, Feb. 17.

Swanville (9-14) closed out its regular season at Royalton, Thursday, but results were unavailable by press time.

The Bulldogs will likely travel to open the sub-section quarterfinals, Thursday.

Upsala (8-16), will also play in a sub-section quarterfinal, Thursday.

Royalton (13-10) was given the No. 7 seed in the Section 6AA West based on QRF rankings.

The Royals will travel to play No. 2 Albany, Thursday.